Friday, November 13, 2009

On Tap this Weekend: Men's Soccer vs. Yale; Field Hockey vs. Stanford

Tonight at Roberts Stadium, the men's soccer team takes on Yale in an important contest that has league-wide implications. Tomorrow, at Class of 1952 Stadium, the No. 4 field hockey team aims to keep its NCAA championship hopes alive against No. 14 Stanford.

The men's soccer team has been on a roll as of late, having not lost a contest in its last six attempts. The Tigers need to beat the Bulldogs tonight to keep their Ivy League title hopes alive. But the Orange and Black also needs help from other teams. Here's what also has to happen: Dartmouth and Brown need to tie and No. 11 Harvard must lose to Penn. The matchup between the Tigers and the Bulldogs will be shown on the Fox Soccer Channel.

Even if Princeton does not capture the Ivy League title, it can still earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers have played a particularly tough schedule this year, and a No. 14 RPI ranking should work to their advantage.

The field hockey team plays Stanford at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. It is a chance for Princeton to further prove that it can compete with, and win against, the best in the nation.

In addition to going 7-0 against Ancient Eight rivals, the Tigers have also defeated highly-ranked opponents like Syracuse, Ohio State and Connecticut during the regular season. Because of its high national ranking, Princeton earned the opportunity to host the first rounds of the NCAA tournament. The home-field advantage should serve the team well, since the Tigers are undefeated at home this season.

If Princeton advances past Stanford, it will play the winner of the matchup between No. 8 Syracuse and No. 9 Boston College. That opening-round game will be played at 2 p.m. tomorrow.